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[announce] Absentee Voting Modification to ICANN Bylaws Open for Public Comment

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  • Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 21:33:52 +0200
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The Absentee Voting Modification to the ICANN Bylaws is open for public
comment from 30 April 2008 to 21 May 2008

The GNSO Council approved a resolution to recommend to the Board a
modification of the ICANN bylaws
that would permit electronic absentee voting in certain circumstances in
order to allow Council members who are absent from Council meetings to

Currently, a member of the Council is unable to vote on an issue when
absent from the Council meeting at which the vote occurs. The Council
found that this not only disenfranchises members from opportunities to
vote, but also, disenfranchises the constituencies they represent.

In drafting the resolution, the GNSO considered carefully the way in
which it operates today, and produced a report entitled, “Draft GNSO
Council Request to the Board to enable full enfranchisement of the GNSO
Council’s voting responsibilities.”
The report examines closely how the Council typically deliberates prior
to initiating a vote on policy matters, and concludes that allowing for
absentee voting would enhance participation by enfranchising absent
voters by providing a means for absent members to vote electronically.

The public is invited to comment on this recommendation before
consideration by the Board.

Please submit comments to:

Comments may be viewed at:

Thank you.
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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